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Video: Datsyuk’s clever tactic almost results in a stunning goal

Apr 1, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

With the game tied at 1 and time running out in the third period of Detroit’s contest against Florida, Pavel Datsyuk decided to get creative. He had the puck behind the Panthers’ next and decided to flip it over the goal. The idea was to bounce the puck against the back of Scott Clemmensen’s head and into the net for what would have been one of the most memorable goals of the season. However, Clemmensen saw through Datsyuk’s plan and was able to duck in time. You can watch the play below:

Clemmensen’s actions allowed the Panthers to preserve the tie and pick up a valuable point as they attempt to end their run of 10 consecutive seasons without making the playoffs. However, Clemmensen wasn’t able to best Jimmy Howard in the shootout, so Detroit still ended up with the win.

  1. atb4 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Crosby would’ve been able to pull it off

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      Is that before or after he whines to the refs to tell the other players to give him enough space alone behind the net to do it?

      • atb4 - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        Before I guess, but there’d be no reason to complain after he did it, so really that question is moot.

    • tcclark - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      the shot or getting hit in the head with the puck?

      • atb4 - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        The shot

  2. hockinj25 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    No other player in the league would’ve even thought about doing that. Simply amazing.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Why is he so good?

    I think I’ve seen a player score off the goalie’s back doing this in junior or Europe or something.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:47 AM

  4. hockeyflow33 - Apr 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    It looked more like a pass out front because he sauced it

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